Since returning from the Democratic National Convention I have sifted through memories of the serious, the funny, the suspenseful and the inspiring.
Finally the convention has become what one expects — partisan speeches, fired-up delegates, and celebrities at every corner.
Wednesday at lunch, the Tennessee Delegation gathered on the roof top of a Minneapolis restaurant, enjoying beautiful weather to great food, and buzzing about the anticipated speech of Sarah Palin.
Tuesday night I had to have a late night food run to Friday’s by the Mall Of America.
We began yesterday morning’s delegation breakfast by receiving schedule updates.
On the plane to Minneapolis and in later conversations, our attention has been on two names we had not heard much about 10 days ago --- Gustav and Palin.
The announcement of Sarah Palin as VP occurred while I was serving in the Convention Rules Committee meeting.
We’ve arrived at the Ramada in Bloomington, Minn., Convention home for the Tennessee Delegation. The drive up was great — we saw a number of places we'll stop on the trip home.
Row after row of buses pulled up to Invesco Field with delegates and DNC members. Many attending this historic event did not have the luxury of riding shuttles and had to walk for many blocks. The light rail was blocked off at the closest location for security reasons.
The Tennessee delegation has 85 members at the Democratic National Convention who range from a 19-year-old sophomore, Cody Goodman from Union University, to nationally elected officials, Reps. Lincoln Davis and Jim Cooper.